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If you have an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), ask your doctor what type and level of exercise is safe for you. Regular activity can help keep your heart and body healthy.
The type and amount of exercise that is allowable will vary depending on the cause of your abnormal heart rhythm and whether you have other forms of heart disease.
If your irregular heartbeat is caused by another type of heart disease (such as cardiomyopathy or a valve problem), you may need to limit your activity because of the other heart disease.
Before you start a new exercise program or change your current exercise program:
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starting an exercise program, keep the following precautions in mind:
Other Works Consulted
Zipes DP, et al. (2015). Eligibility and disqualification recommendations for competitive athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities: Task Force 9: Arrhythmias and conduction defects: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association and
American College of Cardiology. Circulation, 132(22): e315-e325. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000245. Accessed April 7, 2017.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineElizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Current as ofOctober 5, 2017
Current as of:
October 5, 2017
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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